Friday, October 30, 2009

...to remember me by.....

In our area , everyone seems to be affected by this H1N1 virus that's going around. Last weekend I had Ben in bed....we weren't too sure just what his problem was because when Ben gets a tiny thing wrong with him...well, let's just say that the world is coming to an end....and that's putting it mildly. Then during the week, Maya started to feel unwell....she kept taking Vitamin C but continued to get worse...by yesterday I kept her home...now, it wasn't the virus but it was definitely something so I kept her home for the day....which she chafed about all day...but her voice sounded like a shadow of it's former self and I figured others really wouldn't want her near......she took Cold FX, Vitamin C, Tylenol.....I made her gargle with warm salt water......which she hated.....I made her drink water, juice and her favourite Lipton Chicken Noodle soup......all day......it's one thing to make them do all this when they're little but when their taller than you and bigger than you....well....it's just different....but she complied because she really wanted to go back to school...yes, she wanted....go figure.

The problem with this stupid virus scare is that any other time you'd say, 'you just have a cold, you're fine'...but now , in your head, you're saying is it a cold or is it the dreaded virus....oh no,..what to do and you start second guessing yourself.

This morning, she got up...sounded much better and I knew she was intent on getting back to school....I insisted she take more Cold FX, Vitamin c ...and the dreaded gargle with salt water before I would let her leave the house....but leave she did.

Now, second eldest daughter called the other morning, sounded like she was at death's door.....she had all the classic symptoms of the H1N1...but she works at a drug store...the next best place to pick up the virus ..right up there with the doctor's office.....when they are older like that you are kinda torn.....not sure if you go over and mother them.....or just give verbal instruction....drink lots, gargle with salt water, rest......or do you go over there...but then do you just carry the germs back and forth from the two homes .......since Ben had already been sick, Maya was in the midst of something and Megan was starting to look like a dying duck in a thunderstorm........so I made the decision not to go to her house. It was not without a lot of guilt but I was hoping that her boyfriend would be there for her, when I couldn't. (he's usually there anyways).....I think he was...he's a pretty good guy. It's hard when they're all grown up and have partners...you're just not sure what your role is anymore......

Today is hubby's 'everyotherfridaydayoff' day.....I call them DDO.....Don's Day Off......I'm trying to convince him that we should go to Costco and get some Christmas shopping done......for some, I know it's early..but......when you have 9 kids (12 counting in-laws), one serious girlfriend, 6 grandkids, parents and mother-in-law to buy for......well, I have to start early.....especially, since we only have 3 weeks to go...before baby W is due to be born....I'm almost done his quilt...I finished the hand stitching last night and now just have to get the binding put on and it's finished!!! Then I can start eldest grandson's quilt...I have the material all washed and ready to cut! When his is done then I'll have all the grandkids done! Yea! Some of my kids have had their noses out of joint cause the grandkids got their quilts before them......I figure if the Lord allows me time and ability to do quilts for them all ...then I'll be very happy....something to remember their mom by.....even if I can't be there for them all to make chicken soup when they're feeling lousy! :0)

8 comments:

CaptainConundrum said...

A dying duck in a rainstorm! Wow... I thin that's the best thing I've read all week! Hope everyone feels better!

joyceandnorm said...

Sorry to hear it's a tough week. We're still not sure about getting the vaccine, so we're planning to stay home more often than the usual winters for now. Hope everyone will be feeling 100% soon.

It's never too early for Christmas shopping. =) Although, I'm a really bad gift giver. Oh well. =p That's why there are gift receipts.

mholgate said...

Sorry to hear your family is feeling lousy. I was watching my 4 year old this week pretty closely because she had one day with a temp of 103. But the next day it was gone and she's just fighting off a cough. I think the media has really put a lot of hype into H1N1 and not that we shouldn't be aware that it exists, but we should not be SCARED of the possibility. It sounds like you have handled the illness in your house the right way. Rest, lots of fluids, vitamin C, and more rest.

Have a good weekend. :)
-Melissa

pendy said...

Hope all your folks get well soon and that the ones who are healthy stay that way!

Aiming4Simple said...

It is tricky to discern what to do. Like you and your family, we're not sure if what we had was just a common cold or mild cases of H1N1. Hopeefully you and your children can rest up this weekend and get back to 100%.

The Queen Mommy said...

Oh my - what a busy week! And lots of people to take care of! Praying they're all mending and on their way to good health!

I agree with you on the "stupid virus scare" - UGH! My daughters were just diagnosed with asthma this year, so I'm especially watchful and cautious with them.

Christmas shopping - early - sounds like a great plan. And oh how wonderful to be quilting. Something I've always longed to do, but want to be shown how rather than try to teach myself. =) What lovely gifts and treasures for your family!

LydiaCate said...

Oh I'm so sorry! I hope everyone recovers quickly. You're doing a great job taking care of everyone. I pray you stay healthy through this.
Have a great weekend inspite!
LydiaCate

Jhona O. said...

Oh I sure hope your family is feeling better by now! It is a good time to Christmas shop:) Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am praying your family is back in good health this week.

Blessings to you,
Jhona O.